Tarot for the 21st Century!
Re-Posted from Comments:
Mary M Brown
On using The Elements:
Here are just the basic rules I use for using elements at this point - for me it also helps to visualize how the elements affect each other in nature - like how wind spreads a fire or water helps put the fire out - also I've found it helps to come up with positive, neutral and negative keywords for each tarot card so I have somewhere to start from. But initially I found just these basic principles easy to remember and use -- I just haven't quite got into the more elaborate elemental dignity theories yet:
And I've been using the Golden Dawn system for elemental attributes for the Major Arcana. But, I still have a lot to learn... and at this point I have decided not to get into the whole male/female attributes because I just think it's a bit sexist -e.g. "passive=female" so I use wands/swords are active and water/earth is passive. I have to say at this point for me, using elemental dignities has been more meaningful than using reversals which I've never felt comfortable with because I feel like I'm interfering when I randomly flip some cards over... but that's just me. Wondering -- does anyone else use the elements in lieu of reversals?
Aww, thanks - I'm a beginner as well... I just love that the Tarot Guild exists. It's so wonderful to be able to ask questions and share what we've learned with people who really care about Tarot and are so knowledgeable in so many different areas - the diversity here rocks! I've learned so much already on these discussion threads and listening to the podcasts. Glad I got a chance to make your day!
Nope, not to me. Receptivity is often the greatest strength! :D